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Doctor insights on: Bilateral Vocal Cord Paralysis In Children

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How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

How typical is vocal cord paralysis?

Common: Vocal cord paralysis has numerous causes and can affect speaking, breathing, and swallowing. The left vocal cord is affected twice as often as the right, and females are affected more often than males (3:2). Diagnosis is based on direct visualization. An extensive assessment may be necessary to determine the cause. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

What are the tests for vocal cord paralysis?

Laryngoscopy: The most common way to diagnose vocal cord paralysis is laryngoscopy in the office. This can be done with a mirror in the mouth, or passing a small bendable telescope through the nose into the throat to look at the larynx. There are fancy electrical tests to measure vocal cord nerve input, but that is difficult and not often used. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis?

Voice: Hi. Vocal cord paralysis results from damage to one or both recurrent laryngeal nerves (assume 1). This usually results from neck, lung, or mediastinal tumors, or from surgery in that region. The affected vocal cord is paralyzed. This makes vocal intonation with that cord unadjustable, so there is a raspy, somewhat constant tone from the affected cord (the contralateral normal cord works fine). ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting vocal cord paralysis?

Are some people more prone to getting vocal cord paralysis?

Yes: If they have certain immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or if they have had instrumentation over their vocal cords such as thru trauma or medical procedure like endoscopy or being on a ventilator. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis and is there any way to address them?

What are the symptoms of vocal cord paralysis and is there any way to address them?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Is vocal cord paralysis curable?

It depends.: Depends on the cause, and is it unilateral or bilateral. There are procedures to make the voice pretty normal and to get rid of the other symptoms, but there is no procedure to make the nerve work completely normally. ...Read more

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Will my 1-year-old son recover from vocal cord paralysis?

Vocal cord paralysis: If your baby's doctor diagnosed "vocal cord paralysis" why hasn't your baby been referred to an ear, nose, and throat doctor - preferably one more used to to caring for babies? ...Read more

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What is the treatment for vocal cord paralysis?

Please see below.: Vocal cord paralysis can cause a characteristic breathy voice often accompanied by difficulty swallowing, a weak cough, and feeling short of breath. If both vocal cords are affected, symptoms can include stridor. It can have a variety of causes, and correct treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Infant was born with partial vocal cord paralysis. What happens over the next 1-6 months?

Aspiration?: Watch for choking episodes, or recurrent pneumonia, or shortness of breath. These symptoms would require help from a pediatric ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get vocal cord paralysis from a dental anaesthetic injection?

Can you get vocal cord paralysis from a dental anaesthetic injection?

Dental anesthesia: Local anesthetics injected into the mouth structures should not affect the vocal cords. Discuss this with your dentist or oral surgeon. ...Read more

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My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion ?

My daughters ENT has recommended surgery for her vocal cord paralysis what is the best way to get a second opinion ?

Ask your primary doc: If you need a second opinion, ask your primary care doctor to make a referral for you. He/she will have all the records and can send it to your next referral. You can even ask your current ENT for a name for a second opinion. Good specialist should not be offended if a patient asked for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it possible for strep throat bacteria cause vocal cord paralysis?

Is it possible for strep throat bacteria cause vocal cord paralysis?

No: Swelling of the throat can affect the vocal cords and make it difficult to talk. In whopping cough (pertussis) this can be severe to the point of inability to breath. Damage to the nerve to the vocal cords should not occur. ...Read more

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What surgeries can help Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

Vocal cord: An Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor is the person you need to see, and do not wait too long for an appointment. ...Read more

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How could smoking cause vocal cord dysfunction ?

Tobacco is poison: To everything it comes into contact with, including the vocal cords. It can cause irritation and inflammation, and over time can even cause nodules (tumors ) to develop on the cord, as well as vocal cord cancer. If you have wheezing already, continuing tobacco is going to make it worse. Please quit before more damage is done. ...Read more

Vocal Cord (Definition)

The vocal cord is a short (about 1cm long) band of tissue in the larynx (aka "voice box"). It is paired, so everyone has 2, and they are located just below the "adam's apple." when you breathe, they are separated from each other. When you speak, they come together while your lungs push air (like a bellows or bagpipe) past them, and they vibrate, like a reed ...Read more


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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more